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Master and Commander Audiobook

Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Let more academic folk reach for Moby Dick; I'll take the Aubrey / Maturin series every time. The first of what has been called "the best [series of] historical novels ever written", Master and Commander has everything a good adventure story needs: well-drawn characters, a unique backdrop, and rousing action. And in Patrick Tull, it has the perfect narrator - the voice of an old sea dog who enjoys nothing more than sharing a well-told tale. —Ed Walloga

Publisher's Summary

This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

Don't miss the rest of the Aubrey/Maturin series.

©1984 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC.

What the Critics Say

"The best historical novels ever written." (The New York Times Book Review)
"No writer alive can move one as O'Brian can; no one can make you laugh so loud with hilarity, whiten your knuckles with unbearable tension or choke with emotion. He is the master." (Irish Times)

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    If you could sum up Master and Commander in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting Historical Story


    Any additional comments?

    The first of one of the BEST seafaring book series ever written!

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    Amazon Customer Ellicott City, MD, United States 01-26-13
    Amazon Customer Ellicott City, MD, United States 01-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "This is the best series - there's no equal."

    I've listened to all twenty (complete) books in the series twice, and I'm now on my third time through - once ever year or two. The books are extremely well written, and the reader's performance is fantastic. There are plenty of interesting characters, and lots of history, humor, and action.

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    Steven D. Ayers Tx.,USA 12-23-12
    Steven D. Ayers Tx.,USA 12-23-12 Member Since 2017
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    Where does Master and Commander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have read the series in book form, starting while I was at sea and now listening to the books, I find it captivating once again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Aubrey for his ability to command while using mostly body language


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Patrick Tull?

    Of course


    Who was the most memorable character of Master and Commander and why?

    Aubrey, his power and his ability to win and still be a human to others


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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 12-03-12
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2016

    Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also

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    "Naval action personal adventures prizes won"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Master and Commander to be better than the print version?

    Only do audio and this one is very well done


    What other book might you compare Master and Commander to and why?

    He is kind of Like Sharpe but in naval warfare same sense of the battle


    What does Patrick Tull bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is alittle difficult at times but he is a gifted reader he brings the characters to life


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the young midshipman to be fell over board in the chase to escape the French, also when Lt Dugan's fight


    Any additional comments?

    Great book look forward to more naval adventures

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    Patricia TAMPA, FL, United States 11-06-12
    Patricia TAMPA, FL, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Listen carefully or you will miss out"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Master and Commander to be better than the print version?

    Yes because the British narrator does a superb job bringing you back in time with excellent accents and inflections.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The doctor. He is the foil that makes it possible for the novice sailor to learn about the majestic uniqueness of a sailing vessel.


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    Paul Westlake, OH, United States 07-31-12
    Paul Westlake, OH, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2015

    Home school family with six children ages 7-21. We love listening to audible books together. We like Twaddle-free books.

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    I have enjoyed reading many of the Patrick O'Brian books. The story is really fine. I had previously enjoyed the movie very much also. I love naval novels and adventure stories and this satisfactorily does both. My only complaint was that somehow the coarse language grated on me more hearing it read out loud. I guess I have learned to filter the 'cuss' words when I read, but that is simply not possible when listening to the book. This is not a book I would let my youngsters listen to, and quite frankly, I won't listen to it myself again. It simply didn't meet our family standards.

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    Patrick J. Shea Jacksonville, FL USA 07-20-12
    Patrick J. Shea Jacksonville, FL USA 07-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Ripping good story with an excellent narrator."

    As a long time fan of the Aubrey/Maturin novels, it was a pleasure to find an audio rendering that fills the sails with such precision. Mr. Tull brings each character to life just so with wonderful accents and a twinkle in his eye.

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    Warnie Plano, TX, United States 07-19-12
    Warnie Plano, TX, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Surprisingly smitten"

    Oh, man, this was so much fun! I totally didn't expect to like this so much, but Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin pretty much immediately sucked me in, and Patrick Tull did a fantastic job narrating. Friendship, adventure, plenty of nautical battles...I am definitely looking forward to their next one. 20 more books to go--ha!

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    Amazon Customer 07-05-12
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    "Extraordinary"
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    I am on my second time through the series and enjoying it almost as much as my first time throguh. I did not have an interest in nautical life/history when I started this book. That made for a bit of a learning curve to come to grips with the vocabulary, but it was well worth it. The combination of wonderfully deep characters, exciting naval actions, masterfully written relationships (of all sorts) gives this book a substance that goes far beyond "story-telling." You do not have to be a history buff or have an interest in sailing to love this book and series. As the author said, beyond the story and the history, the series is the study of human relationships and interaction (paraphrased from the interview with Patrick O'Brian at the end of The Wine Dark Sea).

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    Kimble Louisville, KY, United States 06-19-12
    Kimble Louisville, KY, United States 06-19-12
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    "Patrick O'Brian: The True Master and Commander"

    Every adventure story you ever read as a child not only becomes alive again, but also challenges you on the intellectual level as an adult. The erudition, the accurate attention to the smallest detail across a very wide palette, history, seamanship, the conduct of war, medicine, politics, espionage, commerce, human nature, command and management concepts and plain old human foibles, conceits, and magnanimity across the ages are not found elsewhere, I believe, in all of literature. Just as the opening of Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman" does in music, Patrick O'Brian does with words: You literally feel the salt spray in your face. You are at sea.

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